Engineering Mechanics – Statics, Stress, Dynamics

Engineering Mechanics – Statics, Stress, Dynamics

The Engineering Mechanics sequence involves three courses namely Introduction to Static Systems (ES2501), Stress Analysis (ES2502) and Introduction to Dynamic Systems (ES2503). The details of these courses are given below.

Introduction to Static Systems (ES 2501)

This first year course is one of the fundamental engineering courses that develops basics mathematical and physical reasoning skills to analyze a variety of engineering systems spread across different fields. Core concepts include understanding static equilibrium and the ability to identify and resolve forces acting in a system through free-body diagrams. In addition to homework and exams, design labs will be conducted in-class to expose students to real-world problems. This is a pre-requisite for many advanced engineering courses. Additional details can be found in the undergraduate catalog.

Stress Analysis (ES 2502)

This course introduces you to the mechanics of solids with applications in engineering. This introductory course addresses the analysis of basic mechanical and structural elements with focus on the geometry of motion and deformation of structures, forces on and within different structures and systems and the relationship between forces and motions and deformations. Topics include general concepts of stresses, strains, and material properties of common engineering materials. Also covered are two-dimensional stress transformations, principal stresses, Mohr’s circle and deformations due to mechanical and thermal effects. Applications are to uniaxially loaded bars, circular shafts under torsion, bending and shearing and deflection of beams, and buckling of columns. Both statically determinate and indeterminate problems are analyzed (click here for catalog description).

Introduction to Dynamic Systems (ES 2503)

This freshman/sophomore level course introduces students to the analysis of moving systems with rigid bodies subject to various forces. The focus will be on the kinematics and kinetics of particles and rigid bodies such that a firm understanding is developed to solve practical problems. Fundamental principles describing the motion and acceleration are discussed along with the associated mathematical techniques. The topics covered include kinematics of particles and rigid bodies, equations of motion, work-energy methods, and impulse and momentum. Varied topics will be explored with some exploited in detailed. Software tools applicable in this area will also be used in this course. Additional details can be found in the undergraduate catalog.

Class Structure

I generally teach these courses over summer. In-class sessions generally involve two three-hour sessions weekly. Online sessions involve recorded lectures, and online testing and submission. Online sessions also have one-on-one office hour sessions on demand. Class participation activities, Homework and Projects account for the course grade.
Students involved in these projects produce reports that are used in higher level courses such as Modeling and Analysis of Mechatronic Systems and Advanced Engineering Design as reference guides.

I have also taught Statics and Stress Analysis during the regular academic year. During that time, students in Statics were required to work on a project similar to what is stated above. The teams presented their work in a poster presentation at the end of the term.

Course Code

ES2501 (Statics), ES2502 (Stress Analysis), ES2503 (Dynamics)

Recommended Background

Statics: Differentiation, Integration, Vector Algebra
Stress: Statics
Dynamics: Statics

Reference Books

Statics: Engineering Mechanics: Statics by R.C.Hibbeler
Stress: Mechanics of Materials by R.C.Hibbeler
Dynamics: Engineering Mechanics: Dynamics by R.C.Hibbeler | Engineering Mechanics: Statics by R.C.Hibbeler

Other references:
Statics: analysis and design of systems in equilibrium by Sheppard et al.
Engineering Mechanics: Statics by Dietmar Gross et al.
Schaum’s Outline of Engineering Mechanics: Statics by E. Nelson et al. (available as an online book via the library website)

Tools Used

MS Excel, AutoCAD, SolidWorks Sketch, PMKS+, Matlab, Working Model

Terms Taught

Statics: B-2014, B-2015, E-term (Summer) 2016 onward
Stress: B-2016, E-term (Summer) 2016 onward
Dynamics: E-term (Summer) 2015 onward

Course Management Systems Used

Piazza (no longer used), Blackboard (now discontinued), Canvas, Slack


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